Monday, October 17, 2011
Just throw some text at it
We've mused here before about the interesting "up" particle that can be added to so many verbs (man up, whip up, bulk up, eat it up, new up).* In Dilbert today, another appearance of the interesting "up":
This usage is not, I believe, the "up of completeness" -- eat up, drink it up. Rather, it's the "up" of "conjure [up]" -- whip (something) up, maybe even draw (a contract) up and make (something) up (?). There are subtle gradations of meaning here that might or might not all be the same.
Anyway, I like this a lot. Perhaps because there's been more than one time when I was indeed called upon to "word something up."
* And not just here; see also Fritinancy.